compose informational texts, including brief compositions that convey information about a topic, using a clear central idea and genre characteristics and craft;
A student expectation is directly related to the knowledge and skills statement, is more specific about how students demonstrate their learning, and always begins with a verb. Student expectations are further broken down into their component parts, often referred to as “breakouts.”
A knowledge and skills statement is a broad statement of what students must know and be able to do. It generally begins with a learning strand and ends with the phrase “The student is expected to:” Knowledge and skills statements always include related student expectations.
A teacher may wish to pair SE 4.11.D.viii with SE 4.12.B and assess both SEs at the same time. With SE 4.11.D.viii, students use coordinating conjunctions to form compound subjects, predicates, and sentences. Have students compose a piece of writing for the purpose of sharing information regarding a current event or a topic that has been studied in a different content area such as math or social studies. Within their informational text, students should incorporate multiple examples of coordinating conjunctions. After students have completed their text, have them trade with a classmate to read the other student's informational text and locate the genre characteristics and craft employed by their partner. Observe discussions to determine if students accurately identify genre characteristics.
Students' informational text should include the following:
Students are expected to compose informational texts to effectively explain and clarify a topic. Their writing must have a clear central idea with supporting details, an introduction and a conclusion, and an evident organizational pattern.
Bass, M. L., & Woo, D. G. (2008). Comprehension windows strategy: a comprehension strategy and prop for reading and writing informational text. The Reading Teacher, 61(7), 571+. Retrieved from https://link.galegroup.com/apps/doc/A178084045/PROF?u=tea&sid=PROF&xid=5abc6151
Summary: The focus is upon the use of Comprehension Windows Strategy, which is a prop in the form of a tent-like structure—a file folder with labeled flaps for categorizing information. The prop serves as both a brainstorming and organizing tool, enabling students to manipulate informational "chunks." Teachers model the prop with at least three sources of informational text and think-alouds. After using the prop for reading, the students transition into a the writing process in order to compose their own informational writing projects.